In the wake of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, Christian Haub, most recently executive chairman of the Montvale, N.J.-based retailer, is no longer serving the company in an executive capacity.
Lauren La Bruno, A&P’s spokeswoman, told PG Haub remains chairman of the board, for which “he will help support the management team led by CEO Sam Martin, as we accelerate A&P’s comprehensive turnaround plan.”
In other A&P news, New York’s largest grocery workers union, United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1500, is seeking an audience with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and council speaker Christine Quinn to enlist their help to avert the possible closure of up to 58 A&P supermarkets.
The New York City locations operate under the Pathmark, Waldbaum’s and Food Emporium banners and employ approximately 6,500 workers throughout the five boroughs.
In separate letters sent to Bloomberg and Quinn, UFCW Local 1500 president Bruce W. Both asked for a meeting to discuss the “tremendous negative effects on the economy of New York City,” should there be store closings or layoffs. The letter also referred to the long standing partnership UFCW Local 1500 has had with both parties to help bring more supermarkets and good jobs to New York City.
“The food desert crisis that this City currently faces would reach unimaginable levels without these 58 stores,” wrote Both. “These 58 stores provide neighborhoods throughout New York City the essential building blocks for economic security: good food, good jobs and good health. Just as the city has risen to the challenge each time other sectors of the economy have faced economic difficulty, such as Wall Street and the garment industry, we hope that together we can discover ways to help these 58 stores continue to provide New Yorkers with great food and even better jobs,” said Both.
A&P has 20 stores in Manhattan, 15 in Queens, 12 in Brooklyn, six in Staten Island and five in the Bronx operating under three banners. Nationwide, it has 395 stores, including 163 in New York State.
The Queens Village-based UFCW Local 1500 represents over 23,000 grocery workers in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. Members of Local 1500 are employed by Pathmark, King Kullen, Stop and Shop, Gristedes, Fairway, D'agastinos, Key Food and Shop Rite.